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Who WAS Queen Victoria?


With all this talk about Queen Elizabeth II now being the longest reigning monarch in the United Kingdom, having just surpassed the length of Queen Victoria’s reign, we thought it might be fun to look at some facts about Queen Victoria.  Besides the fact that hers was a love affair with her husband, Albert, which is what we often hear of this Queen, she accomplished a great deal in her lengthy reign. Read more

Encore – When Is Halloween?



Halloween is just a week away.  My granddaughter Sadie loves to write.  Though she is almost 10 years old now, she was only 7 years old when she wrote her Halloween poe.   We think it’s a special one and bears repeating 🙂 Read more

The Cookie – A Template For Tastiness

1 (7)What day couldn’t be made a little sweeter with a warm delicious cookie? Read more

Going As A Group?

f773aeb3d6db5f8e5457f51f2a28df40What better way to dress up for Halloween than going as a group? Read more

All Eyes On Catherine



There are few people who do “pomp” better than the British and this was proved, yet again, yesterday when the Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in London.  He and his wife were met by the Queen and apparently taken to their suite at the Palace by Queen Elizabeth herself. Read more

Halloween Party Planning


Are you having a Halloween party and need some extra fun things to do? Read more

We Are Back To The Future

51ZHI6dGLCLIn 1989, in the hit film “Back To The Future II”, you may remember that Doc Brown and Marty McFly visited the future in October 21, 2015.  Most of us remember this iconic movie series.  We cheered for Marty and Doc and enjoyed the “crazy” gizmos they used and found in the future.  In two days it will be October 21, 2015 and we will all be “Back To The Future”.    Read more

Inspirational Friday


The lightbulb went on and lit up the whole room! Read more

Easy Cheesy – Grits Souffle

IMG_8040It’s easy….it’s cheesy…..and it is soooo good!  It’s Cheesy Grits Souffle 🙂 Read more

Cutting The Cake Gets Better!


Certainly, the traditional way to cut a round cake is to vaguely find the center and cut triangles from that point.   Read more

The Common Made Uncommon – The Dishtowel

1 What could be more of a common household item than say…the dish towel?  But we have some ideas to use those common towels in new ways! Read more

Olive Oil

olives-and-olive-oilOften the simplest and purest products are the best.  Olive oil, it turns out, is evidence to that rule. Read more

The Countdown Begins!


These seven girls have gone through a grueling exercise over the past few months and have ended up being the pick of the crop! Read more

Sprucing Up For The Holidays!

On seeing this DIY post from Tess Panser and Yahoo, your Two Chums were reminded of a time when one of our daughters was getting married and we could not find the right colored shoes to match the bridesmaids outfits. Read more

The Goblins Are Coming!

1264238_430217010428143_525279733_oHalloween is just around the corner.  We’ve found some fun ideas, both for decorating and for food at your Halloween celebration 🙂 Read more

Did You Know These Things About James Dean?


Just over 60 years ago, on September 30, 1955, budding movie star James Dean died at age 24 when his sports car slammed into a Ford sedan near Bakersfield, California—just prior to the release of his signature film, “Rebel Without a Cause.” Six decades later, we explore some surprising facts about the persistent cultural icon, who’s sometimes referred to as “the first American teenager.”

Teach Your Children Well -Part 2

6a00d834515c5469e201bb0794bdfc970dThis is our next installment in some reminders about raising great kiddos 🙂  Read more

Apple Roses

Beautiful-Rose-Shaped-Dessert-Made-With-Delicious-Apple-Slices-Wrapped-In-Crispy-Puff-Pastry__880It’s Fall and that means apples are in abundance.  What could be a better way to use them all than to make tasty apple pastries that look like roses?   Read more

Time Zones


We take all of the different time zones for granted but what did the world do before there were “official” time zones? Read more

A New Piece of Jewelry?


We have heard, through the grapevine, that the Queen has given Catherine a very special piece of jewelry! Read more

Well Done See See

_82945589_e8a2a771-cc7c-4d5c-b1e4-1b80d2aff367With the recent controversy that has been brought up regarding respect and honor being given to nurses, we thought it was a really good time to honor this one.  She is the oldest nurse still working in the United States. Read more

Fun For The LIttles

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We saw this on Facebook and just had to share it with you. Read more

What’s For Dinner? – Woodchuck Sandwich

1 (5)If you Google “Woodchuck Sandwich” and look at images, you will see a plethora of photos that look nothing alike.  It would almost seem that any sandwich could have the label Woodchuck. Read more

Halloween – Who Am I?

1385525_432869026829608_92814057_nWith Halloween just month away, the discussion about possible costumes has begun.  Most children have some thought about what it is they want to be as they Trick or Treat on October 31st.  But what costume should we put together for our littlest ones, our babies? Read more

Salad Days – Asian Ramen Slaw

1Though we are now officially in to Fall, we are having an Indian Summer, at least here in Southern California, where your Two Chums call home.  So it is still a great time for a great salad.  Actually we think any time is “salad weather”:-) Read more

Well Done!


Martin Passeri, a champion surfer in Argentina and beyond, has a huge heart!   To him, we say, “Well done” Read more

…and Her Name Was Mrs. See!


There are more than a few people in California, and also other parts of the US, who would agree with us that there is no candy like See’s Candies! Read more

Encore – Butterscotch Pudding

pudding2We have just learned that today is National Butterscotch Pudding Day….sooooo this just seemed a good time so share this post with you again 🙂 Read more

5 Minute Ice Cream Cake

strawberry-cakeHave something fun to celebrate this weekend?  Or just need a cake you can literally make in about 5 minutes?  We’ve got that! … Read more

Teach Your Children Well

iStock_kidsreading000005123866Large11The young ones are all back in school now whether public, private or homeschool.  So many lessons they will learn. Read more

Well Done – Everyone Who Cheered

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We ended last week with one of our Well Done posts.  We like the idea of enjoying another one this week.  As our chum Todd, who shared this with us says, if you can watch this and not cry (happy tears) you are stronger than we are.  Read more

The Chicken Or The Egg?

Which comes first, success or happiness? Read more

Happy New Year -Shana Tovah

Shofar-ShortToday marks the beginning of the High Holy Days in the Jewish calendar…it is Rosh Hashanah…the New Year…The Feast of Trumpets

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Well Done – Never Say Can’t

***EXCLUSIVE***VIDEO AVAILABLE*** LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Jen Bricker at her gymnastics gym on September 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Jen Brickerís childhood dreams came true when she discovered her idol was in fact her long-lost sister. Jen, 27, was adopted at birth after being born with no legs due to a genetic birth defect. Despite her disability, growing up Jen was drawn to gymnastics and idolised American Olympic gymnast Dominique Moceanu. And after competing in - and winning - gymnastic competitions at State level, Jen learned a shocking secret - that Dominique was actually her biological sister. PHOTOGRAPH BY Ruaridh Connellan / Barcroft USA UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 796 2458 W Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4053 2429 W

It is easy to remember what happened on this day 14 years ago and feel sadness or anger or fear.  All those emotions can paralyze us.  Our memories of the past, and what we see daily on the news, can make us think that things are bad enough in the world that maybe we won’t ever achieve our dreams … that we can’t overcome those difficult circumstances in life over which we seem to have no control.  So we thought it was important on this day to bring a story of triumph and hope, and a story that has a twist  that will again remind us that there is a bigger story, a bigger plan going on that we are all a part of.  Though it has no direct correlation to the 911 tragedy, it has everything to do with triumph, everything to do with outlook, everything to do with hope and always having a “never say can’t” attitude.  So in that sense it has EVERYTHING to do with this day. Read more

The Cupcake Cake

1 (2)What a clever way to have your cake and cupcakes too! Read more

The Longest Reigning Monarch

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Today is the day! Read more

Savvy Secrets

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A special Savvy Secret EVERYONE can use!
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No More White?

white-after-labor-dayIt’s Labor Day and traditionally that means it is time to put away your “whites”.   Read more

Hot Dog Labor Day Is Coming!

20140508-292402-hot-dog-variationsA few years ago we did a post on varieties of hog dogs and how they are served regionally.  It turned out to be one of the most popular and viewed posts we have ever done!  Apparently you all love hot dogs as much as we do 🙂  So today we have some more hot dog ideas for you just in time for your Labor Day celebrations. Read more

Is Graciousness Out Of Style?


We say, “Absolutely not!” Read more

Cake Donut Cake

1 (4)Sound confusing?  What isn’t confusing is how much you will enjoy this yummy treat! Read more

Savvy Secrets – Aluminum Foil

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Silver paper is a “must have” in your home….look at all the ways, besides the usual ones, in which you can use it!

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How Do You Respond?


Are you most like carrots, eggs, or coffee beans?  We saw this on Upmoments last week and just had to share it. Read more

Mud Pie

11 - 1Last week we gave you a simple and delicious recipe for coffee ice cream.  With the end of summer quickly approaching we wanted to give you another delicious way to enjoy that yummy coffee ice cream.  One that even those who don’t particularly like coffee find really delicious!   Read more

Loving Quilts

IMG_1430If you’ve ever owned a handmade quilt you will understand firsthand the nurture and comfort it can bring. Regardless what color or pattern it is, if someone you love took the time to make something to keep you warm, it becomes much more than just a “blanket” to you.   Read more

Savvy Secrets

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We found these wonderful Secrets on Facebook and wanted to make sure that you all saw them as well! Read more

Goodnight Moon


There is hardly a person, especially amongst us moms, who has not heard of the book, “Goodnight Moon”.   Read more

Calendar Girls

Our chum Sandy, shared a quote from the film Calendar Girls that we just had to share with all of you.  When you read it you will know why. Read more

Vanilla – 1-2-3

11 - 1That is how simple this ice cream is to make…as the song goes “as easy as 1-2-3”!   Read more

Need Cooling Down?


There is a reason the Hawaiians choose to wear muumuus!   Read more

Coffee Anyone?

Coffee Ice CreamIt isn’t just good hot or iced.  It is perfectly delicious frozen too.  And this method is so simple you’ll be enjoying it any time you want!  They say that coffee is addictive.  This form of coffee certainly is. Once you’ve had this coffee ice cream you’ll be hooked! Read more

What’s In Your Freezer?

img_4455In these dog days of summer, we are all just thinking of ways to stay cool and refreshed.  Apparently, one of the favorite ways, (no wonder), Read more

A Sincere Thanks To ‘The Father Of Cool’

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What did those wonderful people do one hundred years ago on hot, muggy, summer days such as we have been having lately?   Read more

A Simple Danish Pastry

1 - 1Maybe your weekend needs something special.  If so, we have just the thing for you.  And it is easier than you might think!  I have always assumed that good Danish pastry would involve a yeast dough filled with butter and that it took hours to make.  Not this version.  This is simple and quite delicious….good to the very last crumb 🙂





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Simple Danish Pastry

This pastry is made in two stages and then baked to golden brown perfection!

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First layer:
1 cup pf flour
1/2 cup butter, softened to room temperature
2 tablespoons water

Cut butter into the flour using a pastry blender.  Mix in water and combine being careful not to over mix.  You just want to moisten the flour until it mostly holds together.  Form it into a ball.  Use you finger tips to pat the dough into a circle.

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Second layer:
1/2  cup of butter (1 stick)
1 cup of water
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs

This layer of pastry is also known by it’s French name – pate choux.  It is basically the same recipe used to make the pastry for eclairs.

Bring butter, water, and sugar to a boil in  a saucepan.  Remove from heat and add in almond extract.  Stir in flour and salt stirring quickly so that the flour doesn’t clump up.  Mix well.  Add in the eggs one at a time being sure to beat the mixture really hard after each egg is added, until it is completely smooth.  Spread this over the top of the first layer and use a spoon to make indentations or put the dough in a piping bag and pipe it out making “rings” to hold the pastry cream filling.

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Pastry cream filling:
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons  flour
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Stir milk and flour together well, and cook in a saucepan until thickened and bubbly. Reduce the heat and cook for 2 more minutes.  Remove from the heat and cool without stirring.  Cover the top of this mixture with plastic wrap so it doesn’t form a film or “skin” while cooling.  Set aside. While this mixture is cooling, beat together the butter, sugar and vanilla and almond extracts until light and fluffy.  Slowly mix in half of the cooled mixture beating on very low speed, then beat in the second half of it until very smooth. Spoon the pastry cream into the circles or indentations in the second layer of pastry.

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Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven until golden brown.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar or drizzle with glaze and top with slivered almonds. Cut into wedges and serve 🙂

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1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons warm milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix well until smooth.   Drizzle over warm pastry.

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Enjoy!  It is good to the last crumb 🙂

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Serves 8 generously

A Challenge – Make Someone Smile

2B3F90D600000578-3192436-image-m-4_1439219640355After losing both his parent, this little 6 year old boy has a goal of making 33,000 people smile.   After seeing this you are bound to be one of them. Read more

Brownie Brittle

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Have you tried it? If you haven’t, you certainly need to.  Yum!!!!   Read more

The Start of A Sweet Tradition


In 1994, Mississippi couple Sherry and Craig Blackledge, adoptive parents to a little boy, adopted an 18-month-old girl named Brooke. It was then that Sherry decided to write a simple but sweet letter she would give to Brooke, on her wedding day. Now, more than 20 years later, right before Brooke walked down the aisle to marry boyfriend Tyler Zugg, she finally read the letter.

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All About Love


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We are always talking about loving and loving more…..  Read more

A Pie For All Seasons – Chocolate Cream Pie

11 - 1 (1)Some pies are associated with a particular season or holiday.  People just naturally think of pumpkin pie in the Fall or around the holidays for example.  And fresh fruit pies seem to be naturally associated with summer.  But chocolate cream pie? …. it’s just plain delicious any time of year 🙂   Read more

Purple …….. Royal? Why?


We ran across this on and found it rather interesting….. Read more

Savvy Secrets – Epsom Salts

61HxeLTY7GL._SX522_We’ve got some great uses for this common household product…. Read more

Go For It!


Melissa Kieling, CEO of PackIt, a line of freezable personal coolers, with her three children, Brennan, 18; Garrett, 16; and Emma, 11. 

Just five years ago, Melissa Kieling, a mother of three, was going though a divorce. Her suburban home outside of Los Angeles was in foreclosure, her car was repossessed, and she had $13 in the bank.

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Well Done To This Bride!

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This is the sweetest story…. Read more

Inside Out Jelly Donuts

1 - 1These are basically what one might call a “deconstructed” jelly donut, which is just a fancy way of saying it is a donut that you dip in the jelly on the outside rather than injecting the jelly on the inside.  Simpler to make, and every bit as yummy to eat!   Read more

Even This Needs To Be Cleaned!



Have you ever felt that you want to give your garbage disposal a good clean?  Well, we have a recipe for you! Read more

Homemade “Nutella”

IMG_4918 (1)Our good chum, Jen, shared a recipe the other day, that she found for making a homemade version of Nutella.
In case you’ve never tried it, Nutella is an Italian delight made of hazelnuts and chocolate.  It is yummy on and in more things that  you can imagine. Read more

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall


Recently, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and the wife of Prince Charles, future King of England, celebrated her birthday.  Here are ten fun facts about Camilla. Read more

Freezing Fruit


Need some tips on how to freeze this wonderful fruit that we have at this time of year? Read more

Encore – Sadie’s Homemade Lemonade

cherry-lemonade-2-e1399601336927It’s summer and in most places it’s hot.  What could be better to cool you off than a big tall glass of lemonade, especially Cherry Lemonade?  If Miss Sadie had her way you would all be using this easy and quick recipe to make your own, just like she did here for her mother on Mother’s Day a year ago.  (Actually she and her cousin Savannah make it all the time.)  So grab some lemons and a little sugar, a pitcher, some ice and celebrate summer everyone 🙂  Read more

A Very Special Day!


Happy Birthday To My Darling Chum!

Yes, today marks the day when Robin made her first grand appearance and blessed Dorthy and Bob Eccles with first-time parenthood. Read more

Easy Cheesy – Stuffed Shells

1773505_orig If you like cheesy goodness, easy preparation, and delicious Italian food (and who in their right mind doesn’t), we have a bright idea for dinner this weekend! Read more

Well Done – The Whole World Is In His Hands

Naomi-Feil-6We had to share this beautiful example of one person caring and touching another who seemed unreachable.  This lovely older Jewish white lady uses Christian songs to reach this dear older black woman with Alzheimer’s disease, who no longer speaks or makes eye contact, in an effort to communicate love and safety to her.  What happened was remarkable and very touching. Read more

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We came across this “recipe” for taking out stains and have to share it with you. Read more

It’s A Party!

tumblr_mn4httnkoD1rk7ndio1_r2_1280 For anyone planing a party or big get together this summer, one of the hardest things to figure out is how much you will need for your guests to drink.  No one wants to overbuy and spend money on drinks that they don’t need to spend, but running out is not an option anyone wants to face either.  Not having enough to drink turns a fun time into no fun at all.  So today we have a guideline for party beverages that just might help you estimate for that fun time you are planning.   Read more

Southern Kitchens

IMG_4628If you have been around Two  Chums for anytime at all you know that my family’s roots are from the South.  I didn’t realize growing up that I was being raised in a very Southern atmosphere where Southern culture permeated everything we did.  I didn’t know because my geographic upbringing was not in Texas, Virginia, South Carolina, or Louisiana where I currently have family living, or in Mississippi or Missouri where my children went to college, my physical home was in Southern California. Read more

Easy Cheesy – Enchiladas!!!!

IMG_4589If you like cheese and ease in cooking and delicious results we have a great dish for you! Read more

A Siri Tip


In the middle of typing an e-mail on your iPhone and you decide that it would be quicker to call?
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Summer’s Icy Treat


Next time you are having friends over and nice warm summer’s day make sure you have these in the freezer! Read more

“Let Them Eat Cake”


In Paris, the Bastille was originally constructed in 1370 as a bastide, or “fortification,” to protect the walled city of Paris from English attack. It was later made into an independent stronghold, and its name–bastide–was corrupted to Bastille.  On this day, in 1789 Parisian revolutionaries and mutinous troops stormed and dismantled the Bastille, a royal fortress that had come to symbolize the tyranny of the Bourbon monarchs.  This dramatic action signaled the beginning of the French Revolution, a decade of political turmoil and terror in which King Louis XVI was overthrown and tens of thousands of people, including the king and his wife Marie Antoinette, were executed.  And yes, Marie Antoinette is the one… Read more

Try A Little Tenderness

549865_589141071112462_1672718739_nThis story was just too good not to share it…even if you’ve seen it…you can never be reminded to many times to try a little tenderness. Read more

Encore- Watermelon Salad

watermelon-salad-e1370402860498On Thursday we gave you a post that encouraged you to eat more watermelon, so we thought it only right to give you this Watermelon Salad as today’s Encore post. Read more

The Perfect Steak

IMG_4337So often we think of a BBQ when we think of cooking steak, but for a truly perfectly done steak try this cooking method instead.

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The Wonders Of Watermelon

Why You Should Be Eating Watermelon EverydayThough most of us enjoy watermelon occasionally during the summer, we came across some reasons why you might want to think about including it in your diet daily. Read more

Well Done!


Last week a gentleman passed on – he was 106 years old.  His name was Nicholas Winton…..Sir Nicholas Winton. Read more

What On Earth Is A “Double Rub”?


Your Two Chums have been enjoying working with the beauty of interior design for many, many years but had never heard of the term “double rubs”! Read more

She Has Been Christened!


Yesterday marked the day of HRH Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana’s  christening!  Hers was slightly different from George’s, 2 years ago. Read more

Encore – Set the Alarm

531256_218905831578262_1801131986_n-e1357454924343This has become a very popular post due in part to Pinterest.  Anyone with a car alarm should take minute to read (or reread) this one. Read more

Red, White And Sweet!

StrawberryCoconutMacaroonsRecipe (1)Need a last minute treat for your 4th of July celebration that is quick and easy?  We’ve got that! Read more

Celebrate But Don’t Forget!


fireworksWe feel sure many of you have seen this but think it is worth repeating: Read more

Firecracker Chicken

IMG_4036Crunchy, spicy, sweet, sticky and did we mention DELICIOUS? Firecracker chicken. This might just be the perfect thing for you to serve at your 4th of July celebration ! Read more

Who Said Wedding Dresses Should Be White?


The notion that white symbolized purity, or that wedding gowns in particular were supposed to be white, is an idea that dates only as far back as 1840.

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Little Known Facts About Buckingham Palace

Buckingham_Palace_2007_2-1Buckingham Palace has been in the news a lot lately as, apparently, there are a lot of renovations that need to take place in order to keep it safe and up to date. Did you know all of these facts?

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First Impressions

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For everyone who comes to visit you, the look of your front door is their first impression of your home. Read more

Tres Leches Cake

IMG_3502Moist delicious cake covered with whipped cream and maraschino cherries.  How can that be anything but yummy? Read more

Savvy Secret – Boost The Bounty

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Yesterday we shared the best way to store some of the bounty of summer.  Today we want to give all you gardeners out there a savvy secret to increase the bounty of summer. Read more

Proper Storage Of Summer’s Bounty

paleo3Now that summer is here there will be a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables.  There will be casual get-togethers and BBQ’s. And with children out of school and out of town relatives coming for a visit, most of us will have more food in our home than we usually would.  So what and how is the best way to store all that food so it doesn’t spoil before we can enjoy it?  We are glad you asked 🙂 Read more

Play With Your Napkin

1e24f9a927d4dbdc88a18ec13f0bec4fA little over a week ago we gave you some Savvy Secrets – Fun With NapkinsToday we want to show you some fun ways to display those napkins.  Your Two Chums simply LOVE using cloth napkins! Read more

Happy Father’s Day – In Tribute To My Father

IMG_3792Every child should be fortunate and blessed enough to have a loving father.  I certainly was. People often think it so important that little boys have their father and of course that is true.  But it is equally important for little girls to have their fathers present.  After all, a little girl learns how to be a woman from her mother, but she practices with her daddy. Read more

Cookies And Cream For Dad

Everyone loves ice-cream and who doesn’t love a good cookie?  So put them together and any Dad you might be celebrating this weekend is bound to feel loved.  And you will LOVE making this very simple ice cream…just three ingredients and you are on your way to creamy deliciousness 🙂  Read more

Royal “Green” – Juice That Is

Juice-Lean-Green-Machine-horizNow that summer is officially here, wouldn’t we all like to be healthy and slim?  Us Weekly recently reported that Kate Middleton’s sister, Pippa, has arranged to have green juice (juices made from leafy greens, fruits and vegetables), delivered to the mommy of two little ones, three times a week.  Green juices are the latest trend in healthy living. They give you a great big boost of vitamins and minerals, contribute to your daily vegetable servings, and keep you hydrated all at the same time. Knowing how fabulous she looks, our chum, Wendy, asked us if we could find out what is in that juice that Kate is drinking. Read more

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